Looking to rebound

Moffat County boys basketball seeks first league victory

Three league games. Three disappointing losses.

Andrew Magas, a senior on the Moffat County High School boys basketball, admited the losses have frustrated the team.

"We're a little down, but we're trying to be positive about it," he said.

Two home games this weekend. Two chances to net the Bulldogs' first Western Slope league victory.

"We're going to come out like it's the start of the season -- like nothing has happened," Magas said. "We're just going to come out and play our hearts out."

The Bulldogs, 2-8 overall and 0-3 in Western Slope play, face the Palside Bulldogs at 7 p.m. today, before taking on Delta at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

After being blown out by Steamboat on Tuesday night, MCHS coach Scott Parker hopes the focus the team show-ed this week in practice since the loss translates to the court.

"The kids have responded the last couple of days in practice after a tough loss to Steamboat (on Tuesday), and they've really given some good effort the last few days in practice," he said. "Hopefully we can take that momentum into the weekend."

Despite three losses, one close affair and two blowouts, Magas is confident the Bulldogs can respond against Palside and Delta.

"We've been working really hard and things are clicking so I don't see any reason why we shouldn't win," he said.

Palside is currently sitting atop the Western Slope standings with an 8-2 overall record, and a 3-0 mark in league.

Mark Douglass, Chris Williams and Devin Schmitt lead the Palside Bulldogs. In reported games, Douglass is averaging 22 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Williams is averaging 15 points, and Schmitt is dropping in 12 points and grabbing a team-high eight boards per contest.

Delta currently is in third place in the division at 5-2 overall, and 2-1 in league.

No individual statistics are available for the Panthers.

"Both (schools have) got good records," Parker said. "They're both going to come in here with a lot of confidence, and we're looking to get back to playing the way we know we can play. We're ready for this weekend."

While effort and executing the offensive schemes will be important, another key to beating the league rivals will be not getting down when things don't go right, Parker said.

"In the second half against Glenwood and against Steamboat, it seems like we got down, we got frustrated and we didn't do the things that have been successful for us," he said.

"We have to rebound better and we have to get out and run, because we're at our best when we run, and on the offensive end we've got to hit the boards and get some second shots of our own."

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